Manuel López Cotilla

When he was 13 years-old, he entered San José Seminar, but he dropped out of school after his father's death.

In 1818, he decided to buy a country house in Toluquilla where he learned drawing and mathematics, among other sciences and arts.

Years later after having started his professional career, López Cotilla was appointed as the councilman of Guadalajara's Goverment in 1835.

While being in this position, he wrote and proposed to the government the first regulations for public schools, which established a new teaching system, rules for teachers, exams, and occasional awards. It was published on November 27th of that same year.


Due to this initiative, three schools for boys and six schools for girls were founded.

After completing his time as councilman, he kept working at the Schools Commission without payment, which resulted in the creation of the first plan to improve elementary school's teaching. This was published on August 8th, 1837.

Manuel López Cotilla died on October 27th, 1861, in Guadalajara. Today, he is known as one of the greatest contributors to Jalisco's political and students' society.

To honor his contributions, the government named one of the most important streets of Guadalajara’s downtown after him, it has landmarks like Templo Expiatorio and the Arts Museum of the University of Guadalajara.

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